By Eva Rinaldi , CNN · Updated 5th August 2021 13:20
Chris Rock says that he is one of the lucky ones — having received an MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination. In an interview with KIIS FM in Los Angeles last week, the comedian revealed that he had the MMR vaccine and pointed out the importance of people, especially children, being vaccinated.
“I really feel like we gotta give people the crap about vaccinations so they can take care of themselves,” he said. “Listen, I was vaccinated for something [measles], I won’t say what that something was, because you’re asking me the question of the century.”
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Rock also said he had concerns about letting children be vaccinated on the basis of religious beliefs, but seemed to lean more toward the benefits than the potential drawbacks.
“Well, the reason I’m questioning is you can’t just sign up for it, right?” he said. “If you agree with it, say, ‘Okay, I’m going to vaccinate you’ and that’s it. No obligation at all. And then you can’t stand there and say ‘Thank you, I’ll take care of you for the rest of my life.'”
Rock has been known to speak out on important social issues before. When the Orlando Magic was relocating to Brooklyn this summer, Rock tweeted that he had donated $1 million to the team and said “the racism of Choctaw Indians in capt America, the racism of blacks in post civil war America” was similar to the racism people face today.
“We all over-read these opinions,” Rock said on KIIS FM. “Nobody ever reads blogs. They just read newspapers. So everyone who’s replying to something that’s replying to you, you know what, it ain’t reading. It’s not mine. I didn’t even read it. I didn’t read any of them.”
Rock also urged parents to get vaccinations for their children, although he did not actually say that they should immunize all their children.
“I’m just telling you to get them done, keep them up. Just because you get them done doesn’t mean you have to go to school.”